By HAL McCOY
If the Cincinnati Reds happened to see what Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana did to Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, then they should have been prepared for what he did to them Thursday in Glendale, Ariz.
Quintana, pitching for Colombia, held Team USA, the eventual WBC champion, to no hits for 5 2/3 innings, although the U.S. won the game, 3-2, in 10 innings.
The schedule Opening Day starter for the White Sox was even better against the Reds Thursday at Camelback Ranch. The Reds didn’t have a baserunner for 5 2/3 innings, 17 up and 17 down.
The spell was broken by minor-leaguer Beau Amaral. He was a late replacement for Desmond Jennings, scratched at game time, and he doubled with two outs in the sixth inning.
The Reds squeezed their second hit of the game off Quintana when Jose Pereza led the seventh with a single. But he was caught breaking for second base on a steal attept and was caught in a rundown after Quintana threw to first.
Quintana certainly is game-ready. He pitched seven innings and gave up no runs, two hits, walked nobody and struck out three, lowering his spring earned run average to 1.00.
Once again with a chance to scramble over .500, the Reds fell to 13-14 this spring via a 4-2 loss to the White Sox.
REDS STARTER BRONSON ARROYO, a 40-year-old righ hander trying to win any spot available on he pitching staff, gave up two runs and four hits during his four innings.
The White Sox scored their two runs off Arroyo in the fourth inning on a leadoff double by Melky Cabrera and a two-out home run by Nicky Delmonico.
Delmonico delivered again in the sixth inning against Blake Wood. Former Reds third baseman Todd Frazier blooped a single and scored from first on Delmonico’s one-out double to right field for a 3-0 lead.
As has happened so often this spring, much of a game’s offense by the Reds comes late from the extra players and minor leaguers not on the roster.
It happened again Thursday when the Reds scored two runs in the top of the eighth, to pull within 3-2.
But Wandy Peralta, trying to grab a bullpen spot, had his second straight bad outing. He gave up three straight singles to start the inning for a run.
BILLY HAMILTON, ABSENT the last four games with a sore Achilles tendon, returned to the lineup Thursday and was 0 for 3 and is hitting .211 this spring.
THE REDS WON A rain-shortened five inning game Wednesday night in Mesa, Ariz., 5-2.
Adam Duvall produced a two-run home run and the only runs scored off scheduled Opening Day starter Scott Feldman in five innings was a two-run homer by Middletown native Kyle Schwarber.
Feldman gave up two runs and three hits, but walked three and struck out three.